Smartphones of the Honor brand have so far always offered good equipment at a fair price – although they have become more expensive from year to year. With the Honor 8 Pro was presented at the beginning of April a phablet for 549 euros.
Can this model also be considered as good and inexpensive for more than 500 euros? I would like to clarify this in your test for you.
Honor 8 Pro: Specifications
|Display:||5.7 inch IPS display with 2.560 x 1.440 pixels|
|Processor:||Kirin 960 octa-core SoC|
|RAM:||6 GB of memory|
|ROM:||64 GB internal memory, expandable via microSD card|
|Main Camera:||12 megapixel dual camera|
|Front camera:||8 Megapixel front camera|
|Battery:||4,000 mAh battery|
|OS:||Android 7.0 nougat with EMUI 5.1|
|Features:||USB 2.0 Type C, NFC, Infrared|
|Dementions:||157 x 77.5 x 7.0 mm|
Honor 8 Pro: Design and Building
If Honor 8 was still placed in a glass case, the new Honor 8 Pro is also protected by metal on the back, which in my opinion makes it look even more high-quality. Nevertheless, at least on my black model are not always very disturbing fingerprints visible on the back, which is probably responsible for the coating.
This gives the device with its smooth surface a noble touch but makes it also quite slippery in the hand. If the front of the Honor 8 Pro is 79 percent of the display, which is not a spectacular, but good display-to-body ratio, the back of the screen is immediately visible to the dual camera, which I will go into later.
Also visible is an incredibly fast-reacting and easy-to-reach fingerprint sensor and the Honor logo, as well as the necessary CE markings at the lower end. The keys for controlling the volume and the power button have been placed on the right side of the unit and are positioned at a comfortable height.
The processing of the unibody housing with remote antenna strips can generally be described as very good. All keys have a good pressure point and no gaps are visible. Although the Honor 8 Pro weighs 184 grams quite heavy in the hand, this supports however once again the valuable feeling and is with a 5.7-inch large display hardly different. Alternatively one would have to grab the Samsung Galaxy S8.
Honor 8 Pro: Display
The 5.7-inch QHD-IPS-Display is one of the highlights of the Honor 8 Pro and offers a very good quality in comparison to current flagship devices. Colors are sufficiently high contrast, the brightness is high and also the angle of view is for the everyday use as well.
As the Honor 8 Pro resolves sharper than some other devices in the price class thanks to its resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, the device comes with a VR glasses in the style of Google Cardboard (self-made).
Together with the pre-installed app “Jaunt VR”, you can very quickly enter virtual worlds, although it is probably a short try after unpacking. Since the VR glasses do not have a headband, the usage becomes uncomfortable after a short time – if you like what you see, you can get compatible VR glasses, which is already for little money.
Last but not least, the display rims at the Honor 8 Pro are by far not as slim as the Samsung Galaxy S8 or LG G6 fail, but for 2017 still in order. However, they could be shortened by a successor just above and below.
Honor 8 Pro: Performance
Although the Honor 8 Pro, which is priced at € 549, is well below Huawei’s current flagship, the Kirin 960 Octa Core SoC, already known from the Huawei P10 (Plus), is used.
At the same time, it has a total of 6 GB of memory, which puts it on a par with the Huawei P10 Plus. It is also astonishing that the 64 GB internal memory is based on the fast UFS 2.1 standard, which also contributes to its good performance.
In everyday life it is hardly possible to elicit the Honor 8 Pro Ruckler, all tasks are done immediately and without a minute of commemoration. Also in the Android 7.0 Nougat existing multi-window operation, it shines with a high speed and since the working memory was so generously dimensioned, even powerful multitasking does not force the device into the knees.
The excellent performance of the Honor 8 Pro is also evident in gaming, which is possible with the top-class smartphone without problems. All the games tested were reproduced without any visible frame drops and were fun on the 5.7-inch display.
As the AnTuTu benchmark with a score of approximately 145,000 points certifies that the performance is about the level of smartphones with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821, it should remain very good to satisfactory over the next 1-3 years.
Honor 8 Pro: Camera
Even the Honor 8 impressed with good pictures, but not quite with the flagship models of other manufacturers. Also in the case of the Honor 8 Pro, the brand now reverts to the same 12-megapixel-resolving dual camera without Leica branding, which is why similar results were to be expected.
In practice, the Honor 8 Pro also shows good, if not very good, images with vibrant colors and sufficient detail. Since Honor allows for the first time the use of the so far Huawei exclusive monochrome mode, pictures succeed in dark environment continue well and with a great mood.
Other features such as the zoom function of a Huawei Mate 9 or Huawei P10 you have to do without, however; the photo quality is compared to the current Huawei flagships as worse.
Although the Honor 8 Pro can not compete with the top models and a Samsung Galaxy S7 released this year, camera shooting with the smartphone is incredibly much fun. Thus, the pre-installed camera app allows numerous manual settings and the mode “Large aperture” provides a strong bokeh effect.
In addition, the 8-megapixel front camera shoots good selfies, which brings the camera performance of the Honor 8 Pro a good conclusion.
Honor 8 Pro: Software
The Honor 8 Pro is delivered with the current Android 7.0 nougat, whereby Huawei puts the in-house EMUI 5.1 over the operating system. Due to their numerous adaptations of many loved ones and hated by many, the interface has always been improved over the past few years, so that I liked it quite well in the current state. Especially the recently available option to use an App-Drawer is likely to be enjoyed by anyone who has not liked the previous iOS style.
By default, the EMUI 5.1 offers access to numerous themes through its own store, which can be used to customize the look of the launcher. The navigation buttons can also be configured and many other settings are possible. For example, the notification bar can be opened with a swipe via the fingerprint sensor and wiped with the knuckle to the side, the multi-window view opens.
With “App Twin” is also a function aboard, which allows using certain apps doubly in its own form. This makes it possible to manage two different WhatsApp accounts on one device, the same is also possible for Facebook.
Last but not least, the bloatware, which is installed in the delivery state on the Honor 8 Pro must be mentioned. Over 10 unwanted apps – including the Asphalt Nitro and Little Big City 2 games – are on the start screen at the factory, but they can be uninstalled. This is also known by other manufacturers but is always annoying.
Honor 8 per: Battery
Although the Honor 8 Pro is only 6.97 mm in thickness and has a rather thin body, a strong 4000 mAh battery packs inside, which ensures a great runtime. Depending on the usage, between 4 and 6.5 hours of screen-on-time are possible, so that one, many, two days should get along with the smartphone without a socket nearby.
If it is nevertheless tight, there are also two different current saving modes, which extend the remaining running time at low battery.
The difference to Huawei’s current models of the P10 series becomes clear when charging the Honor 8 Pro. While the Supercharge technology charges up to 22.5 watts, the maximum output of the supplied Charger is 18 watts at Honors top model.
Within 30 minutes the battery can be filled from 0 to 40 percent, a full charge takes about 2 hours. A wireless charge according to the Qi standard is not possible.
Honor 8 Pro: Anther Features
The loudspeaker positioned at the bottom is unfortunately covered with the finger in the landscape mode but offers a good sound.
In contrast to many other top models, the Honor 8 Pro is not IP-certified – water and dust can be damaged very quickly.
If you leave the Honor 8 Pro to use a second SIM card, the 64 GB internal memory can be expanded with a microSD card.
The notification LED is located in the loudspeaker grill on the Honor 8 Pro, but is still visible when activated.
The built-in IR blaster allows you to control numerous devices at home using the pre-installed remote control app. This worked well in the test, even if there was no entry in the database for a device. In this case, the app could be “programmed” with the original remote control itself.
The USB Type-C port of the Honor 8 Pro is still based on the USB 2.0 standard and therefore does not impress with high transmission speeds.
Honor 8 Pro: Conclusion
Without a doubt, the Honor 8 Pro is a good top-class Phillip, which can reach the current flagship models in some points but not quite the water. The display has a top quality, the performance is at a high-end level and also the battery impressed with a great runtime.
Only the camera ranked at a good level of the previous year and smaller features such as an IP certification are missing. The question remains for the price: 549 Euro sound first and foremost for Honor-ratios very much and are not particularly favorable in view of the competition.
Although the slightly smaller Huawei P10 Plus still costs more than 700 euros, the Huawei Mate 9 is hardly more expensive and offers a better camera. For this, the display triggers lower and there are “only” 4 GB of memory installed.
If you are looking for a smartphone with a 5.5-inch display, the Honor 8 Pro is a great device if you do not focus too much on the camera. Personally, I would have a price of 499 euros desired, but 549 euros are quite expensive.
Therefore, I would advise waiting for the start of a first discount action, which is usually not long in wait. Then the Honor 8 Pro can be described in any case also as well and at the same time cheaply.